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Work From Home March 19, 2020

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My library is now physically closed and we are working to setup virtual supportfor our students when they return to online classes next week. This has meant learning new technology, and various tickets into our IT department for the things I could not troubleshoot myself. It’s been a hectic week, and chat hasn’t even been approved yet.

On the home (office) front, I’ve bought a seat cushion/lumbar support set. It arrived very quickly, and is certainly a step up from two pillows, and cheaper than a new chair.

We also ran our D&D game on Google Hangouts this week. A bit of lag here and there, but an overall success.

A lot of people are putting out free media online. From performances, to virtual conventions, to cooking lessons and exercise routines. My favorite came for Gail Simone over the weekend.

Starting on Friday, @GailSimone ran a comics writing bootcamp, she called #ComicsSchool. In six days, she helped over a thousand creatives, including myself, write a script for a 5-8 page comic. A Discord server was created by one of the attendees, as a place for us all to gather, socialize and give each other feedback and support. That community will keep going and growing. It even got a mention in the New York Times.

In book news, I’m listening to The Library of the Unwritten, but with self-quarantining, I have a lot less car time. I do, however, have all my comics to catch up on, and Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount showed up on Tuesday.

Be safe everyone!

New World March 11, 2020

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Covid-19 is all over the world, the news, the internet. What does it mean for me? Right as of this moment, it means our students are getting a two week spring break instead of just one. It means that, when classes do start back up on the 23rd, they will be mostly, if not entirely, online. It also means, we at the library are looking at all the ways we support distance learning and are kicking it up a notch. It’s a complicated time for our community college.

Personally, I’m just going about my normal introverted business. Finally picked up my comics from the store, and did my house cleaning on the weekend. Didn’t cook anything huge, just some banana-almond butter breakfast bars. I painted the miniature for my weekly DnD game and finished Yasha. I’m trying some things out and still need to get a miniscule brush for facial details. But I think she came out alright.

Miniature blonde woman in a blue dress.

I finished listening to Harry Potter, book one. Now, I’m nearly done with a dramatization of Carmilla by La Fanu. Next up is The Library of the Unwritten by Hackwith. Next week The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount comes out, so I’ll have a lot of physical reading to dive into!

Everyone be safe and take care of yourselves!

March In March 5, 2020

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Pot of Beef Noodle Soup

Started out my March with a big pot of Homemade Beef Noodle Soup. It is delicious. 🙂

Work has been busy this week. The Composition Reading Bank folk gave me their Table of Contents to add and has been sending me tiny edits all week. Getting ready for Spring Break next week. Which, for me, means bothering everyone to work on their research guides. And getting the new folk to take on research guides. I did get to publish an OER textbook for the English department. A collection of short stories, called Off The Shelf.

I was ill over the weekend with sinus issues, so my creative forays got a bit stalled. Planning to pick back up on a few things this weekend. Ideas have been percolating.

I finally decided to listen to the first Harry Potter book recently, and it came through on my library holds. Still not fond of the narrator, but he’s not as annoying as I remember from my first attempt. I was going through all the trades (Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal) at work today, so my To Read list is growing again.

A quiet weekend ahead, but soon I start my Convention Season in earnest.

Leap Year February 27, 2020

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We get our extra day this month, so naturally, my friends are having a Quantum Leap party on Saturday. Should be fun. 🙂

Weather’s been nasty down here. Rainy snowy mixes so that the snow never lasts long enough to be pretty. More of that today, I believe. Looking forward to spring, but still looking for a proper winter snow day first.

I’ve been busy at work with a couple open textbook projects. Revising the Composition Reading Bank for clarity, and soon adding a table of contents and restricted access section. The history department has revised their two courses, so today I learned how to edit published course material on OhioLINK’s Open Course Content Library.

Nearly done with Our Harlem, by Marcus Samuelsson, which is him chatting and cooking with a bunch of Harlem’s finest. The history imparted is really interesting and important. I have another credit on Audible to spend, so not sure what is next. Though Explorer’s Guide to Wildmount comes out in a couple weeks, and two of my comic series are wrapping up, so I’ll actually be physically reading this month, too!

The More Things Change… January 25, 2020

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Another colleague moving on. Work environment stress ratcheting up. Meeting to clarify spreading of duties just made it more muddy than before. I keep doing what I’m doing. Two new hires starting soon, then another round of sorting out job descriptions and interviews.

I’ve started a new thing in writing. I have a prompt that I’m going to respond to every day for at least four weeks. No word count requirements, just write what I feel that day. The prompt is:

Tell me how you crumble when
you hit the wall, the place you
cannot go beyond by the strength
of your own will. What carries you
to the other side of that wall,
to the fragile beauty
of your own humanness?
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Dance

After I finished Kushiel’s Chosen, I’m back on Benedict Jacka. Got through Chosen and now on Hidden. I also am working on Volume 6 of Locke & Key.

Getting Going January 16, 2020

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It’s always hardest to start.

The semester has begun. Students are pouring in and printing reems of paper, sometimes attempting entire textbooks. Professors are setting up instruction sessions, or discovering textbooks have disappeared from a database. I am throwing myself head first into accessibility of the documents on our website.

I also threw myself back into cardio tonight. I have goals this year, and I want to achieve them! It wasn’t as hard as the first time, it’s just pressing play that was the challenge. No weight loss this week, but I’m back to tracking my food, as well.

I’m deciding which creative project is next. It is really tempting to just keep painting, but I have new ideas for my writing projects, too. And a busy weekend ahead. I may just stick with jotting down ideas.

Usually, it would be DeCon weekend, but not this year. We’re doing fieldtrips instead. Heading to COSI for their After Dark series (adults only). The theme right now is Dangerous Science. There were tarantula photos on their Facebook. I’m a little nervous about that now. Plus Harry Potter and Pokemon events to boot.

Nearly done with Kushiel’s Chosen. The next issue of A Darkened Wish came out yesterday, so I have a comic store trip to make, as well. I finished volume four of Locke & Key, so I’ve started five.

Hope everyone has a nice holiday weekend, I’m planning to head over to Denison on Monday, since we’re off and they aren’t. 🙂

Stormy January January 12, 2020

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Nearly seventy degrees yesterday, down below forty today. Yay Ohio in January.

We had our last quiet week before students return. Another staff change announcement sent a bit of a panic into it, but we’re working through it. I’m working on counting and organizing photos in our archives boxes. First day of class on Monday. Spring semester, here we go.

Nearly done with my first set of miniature painting. I’ll put up a group photo when I get them all done. I’ve got a very detailed mini for the grand finale, of course.

Starting the new year off with more cooking and more activity. First goal is three physical activities a week, and it’s gone pretty well so far. I’m cooking chicken, rice, and veggies for this week’s lunches as I type.

Still working on finishing up reading Locke and Key before it comes out on Netflix. I just received my copy of Vox Machina, volume one, too. Kushiel’s Chosen is still on my Audible, as well.

Happy New Year! January 3, 2020

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I hope everyone is having a great start in 2020!

I celebrated the turn of the year with boardgames, smoked meat, a cozy fireplace, and friends. It was a nice relaxing couple of days after five days of high intensity DnD with another group of friends. Gaming in the new year was a great way to spend my winter break from work.

Back at it now, with the students not returning for another week yet. Work is always quiet over break, but it gives us time to clean up and rework our resources. Lesson learned from my archives project so far: order twice as many photo and slide sleeves as you Think you need.

I received and purchased lots of creative supplies for Christmas, so I have a lot of creating ahead of me. Other goals I’ve set for myself include supporting other creators, letting nonsense pass me by instead of arguing where it doesn’t matter, to save my energy for where it does, and finding fun physical activities to keep me moving more.

We’re heading into convention season, thank you, Mom, for the assist. I got my car fixed over the holidays from a run-in with a mailbox. My health seems to be on an upswing, and therapy is going well.

I am still working my way through Kushiel’s Chosen, and I’m not sure what will be next. Cryptonomicon came in from the library, but I might just pick something lighter.

Turkey Day is Coming November 21, 2019

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Looking forward to next week, full of turkey dinners. Found family, gaming family, and friends. Then a weekend of tabletop gaming. I really enjoy having a job that gives time off for holidays.

This month at work has been a lot of getting ready. Prep for a colleague leaving and reallocating her responsibilities. Prep for the archival work starting next month. Gathering accessibility resources for upcoming web and document work. Looking forward to a productive 2020.

At home, I still working on drawing and writing several new stories. If I can get in gear to draw my gaming characters, I might post those next month. When I get more minis painted, I will post those as well.

In listening, I’m still working on Snow Crash, and The Starless Sea is next. I need to catch up on my comics, too, but my focus has been on creating for these months.

Happy Birthday, Big Brother! November 10, 2019

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Halloween was busy and exhausting last weekend, so I thought I’d save my post for today. To offer birthday wishes to my older brother. I blame the snow this week on you. 😉

Tomorrow is also Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served!

It’s a rare meal prep weekend for me. Beef stew yesterday, all packaged up for lunches this week. Sunday roast for today’s lunch and weeknight dinners. And soon the baking of bacon for breakfasts.

Roast beef, carrots, potatoes, garlic, and onion.

My grant funds arrived on Friday, so in a couple weeks, I’ll get to really dig into that project. In the meantime, we are reorganizing the team that creates student handouts/PDFs, so much instructional design and accessibility work. Not to mention learning Publisher.

Recently listened to The Player of Games by Iain Banks and now I’m trying Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Two new authors in SciFi for me. So far, I like Banks better.